Questions tagged [jules-verne]

Questions about the works of Jules Verne (1850–1905) or his life as a writer. Use with the [french-literature] tag. He is famous for his fictional adventure/exploration works such as 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' (1864), '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' (1870), and 'Around the World in 80 Days' (1872).

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Could you actually go around the world in 80 days?

Around the World in 80 Days is a novel be Jules Verne about an Englishman who makes a bet with some fellow club members that he can travel around the world in 80 days. Nowadays with modern flight, ...
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How long is the Nijni-Novgorod trade fair?

In Jules Verne, Michel Strogoff, part 1 chapter 5, when Michel arrives to Nijni-Novgorod, there's a huge trade fair going on in the city. The text seems to give two contradictory numbers about how ...
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Is Jules Verne making fun of the English in Around the World?

I just began reading Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days and Phileas Fogg had just fired his servant for giving him warm water that was by 2 Fahrenheit degrees off (roughly 1 Celsius degree). Fogg ...
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What was the first work of fiction about flying machines?

There are two stories by Jules Verne which I know about which captured the public imagination about Flying Machines in the 18th century. The first is the somewhat unknown A Trip Round the World in a ...
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Did Verne's "Two Years' Vacation" influence Golding's "Lord of the Flies"?

Jules Verne's 1888 novel Two Years' Vacation (Deux ans de vacances) is about a group of schoolboys who find themselves having to survive on a deserted island. The theme seems similar to the more ...
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Distance unit of Leagues and Miles

I am reading the Jules Verne novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in the translation by Anthony Bonner published in 1962 by Bantam Books. In chapter 20 around the 16th paragraph on pg. 163 begins: ...
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What are the discrepancies between Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas and The Mysterious Island?

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas, first published in 1871, is one of Jules Verne's best-known novels. In 1875, Verne published a sequel, The Mysterious Island. The Wikipedia article about the ...
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A question about Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea [closed]

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction adventure by French writer Jules Verne (1828-1905). It was adapted into a 1954 American technicolor science fiction adventure film. ...